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Dental Hygiene for Men: Why You Can't Afford to Ignore Your Teeth


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Dental Hygiene for Men: Why You Can't Afford to Ignore Your Teeth

You have amazing teeth. You might not think about it every waking hour, but you do appreciate it in the morning when you look in the mirror. But, there are many ways for your tooth health to deteriorate – rapidly – even when you regularly get your teeth cleaned and brush twice a day. For example, did you know that good oral health starts with good overall health? Here's how to stay healthy and maintain that healthy smile.


Stop Smoking
If you smoke, stop. It's a nasty habit, and it also ruins your teeth. Even chewing tobacco puts you at a greater risk for gum disease and oral cancer. With the regular cigarette route of nicotine delivery, you get the added benefit of stained yellow teeth.

What's worse, men are affected twice as often as women when it comes to oral cancer. A full 95 percent of oral cancers occur after 40. Oral cancer can be incredibly aggressive too, with the most frequent cancer sites being the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the soft palate tissues, the lips and the gums.

If you don't get diagnosed early enough, it can lead to chronic pain and even death – yet death. About 8,000 people die every year from preventable oral and pharyngeal cancer simply because they refuse to stop using tobacco products.

Play It Safe When You Play Sports
If you play sports, make sure you're hooked up with a good dentistry, like New York Pediatric Dentistry. Not all dentists specialize in sports medicine or injuries. And, if you play sports, one of the risks you take on is the risk of trauma to the teeth – this is especially true if you engage in sports like football, soccer, and basketball. Whenever possible, wear a mouth-guard that's made from plastic that's also custom molded to your mouth. This will provide reasonable protection for your teeth.

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Get Sunshine
The only source for vitamin D is the sun. Some animals absorb UVB from the sun and make vitamin D on the skin and in their muscle tissue, which we can then eat. But, all animals make it the same way. Sunshine is, by far, the most efficient way for humans to make it – as long as you're not sensitive to sunlight. All it takes is 15 to 20 minutes in direct sunlight when your shadow is shorter than you are tall. Usually, this means getting out in the sun during the summertime whenever you can.

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in oral health, regulating calcium and providing an anti-inflammatory component that helps stave off gum disease. Some research even suggests that vitamin D plays a role in the creation of natural antimicrobial agents in the mouth.

Examine Your Medications
Some medications inhibit salivary flow, like anti-depressants, heart medication, and blood pressure medication. This, in turn, could increase your risk for cavities. While there might not be much you can do about the medication you're taking, you can take measures to increase salivary activity in the mouth. For starters, try chewing more gum. Gum with xylitol as the sweetener will naturally draw moisture into the mouth, helping you to remineralize teeth over time and keep pathogenic bacteria at bay.

Author: Robert Ander is a veteran dental health researcher. He often blogs about common questions and problems to help people keep their mouths healthy.

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20 comments :

  1. Agreed teeth maintenance is super important. It is not worth risking your health.

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    1. A smile is everything and so important to have a nice one for sure. It's the first impression you can have on a person.

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  2. I am so strict on my kids taking care of their mouth and teeth. So far, no cavities! I think oral health is equally important among men and women. Dental pain is some of the worst pain there is!

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    1. I am very adamant about brushing and keeping a healthy mouth as well. It doesn't take very much to brush and floss, and it goes a long way!

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  3. great tips, I take Vit D supplement, for some reasons, I am deficient of Vit D despite that I am exposed to sun a lot, but maybe, we use too much sun screen and use to many spf clothing gears :)

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    1. It doesn't make any sense Betchai, since you are outdoors all the time. But hey, I have to take 5000 iu of VD3, so do tell!

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  4. Great tips! Oral cancer in men is something I've been aware of, and having a healthy oral hygiene is a must. Flossing too should be done daily!

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    1. You're right. There are also the gum disease which is really, really sad.

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  5. My 20yr old has THE best teeth. Perfect, white, straight... and he's the one who went into a haunted house, and one of the guys jumping out hit him clean in the mouth with a prop and knocked half of his front tooth out. That tooth is now bonded, but bonding doesn't last forever. I hate that it happened first and foremost, but I hate that he's going to have to pay someday to refix it. My kids are great about oral hygiene!

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    1. Oh wow! How horrible that he got hit. Poor thing. It is one of those things, accidents can make you so angry sometimes.

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  6. I agree Robert! it is very expensive to smoke for one thing, and the other is smoking can cause cancer. It is so bad for your lungs.

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  7. I am so glad my husband gave up smoking a long time ago. One of the reasons is he doesn't want his teeth to be stained. :) very helpful dental tips here ♡

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  8. Trying to get my hubs to take this seriously.
    His mother raised him differently

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  9. Couldn't agree more. Dental hygiene is important. Great tips!

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  10. Medicines are a big cause for tooth decay. Many of today's more common medicine cause dry mouth and that is what leads to poor tooth health. I didn't know that sunshine could help also! :)

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  11. A true smile is a glimpse of that person. Just like eyes are the window to the soul so are pearly whites!

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  12. I am glad that you chose "iceman" photo. He is eye candy...
    Any hoot, I am very particular about teeth. When I am screening a guy, teeth is the first thing I notice. If the teeth is no good, there is no dates. lol

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  13. My dad always told me: "Your smile is your best weapon to get the ladies", so true! I stopped smoking for 6 months and I have seen an overall better white smile! I don't need to use white strips or anything, smoking is a huge part of ugly yellow teeth.

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  14. Dental hygiene is really a huge part of my life and should be among all men. Your smile is your #1 weapon to success!

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  15. I should send this to my girlfriend, thanks for these great tips.

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